Food Revolution!

January 12, 2011

This morning on my way home from work, I was surprised and delighted to hear that my favorite celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver has moved to Los Angeles. The move is part of Jamie’s well known Food Revolution campaign (and TV show). The Food Revolution is a campaign geared toward teaching people to become more conscious about the food they eat. He teaches viewers how to read labels and trace where exactly ingredients come from (with regards to what part of the animal and also geographic location).

Last year, he went to Huntington, West Virginia in an effort to change the towns dietary habits for the better. Jaimie opened a free kitchen where citizens of Huntington could go to learn how to cook food that was healthy, economical and tasted good. He also played a crucial part in changing the type of food that was being served in local schools by getting rid of processed food and substituting it with food that fresh and free of preservatives.

This year, Jamie is in Los Angeles. His goal is to learn more about the type of food being served in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Unfortunately, however, the school district has, as Jamie told Kiis FM’s Ryan Seacrest “blocked [him] out.” Jamie has asked to see a list of ingredients being used in the food served in LAUSD schools, but no one in the school district has responded to his requests to meet.

Jamie is opening a free kitchen in LA to offer free cooking classes to residents of Los Angeles. The kitchen opens to the public tomorrow at 1230pm and is located at 1038 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024. Everyone is welcome to show support for this great campaign.

As a nurse, there isn’t a day that at least one of my patients is a diabetic or overweight or both. Some of it is genetic, but one cannot deny that a lot of it has to do with poor dietary choices early on. Such choices are taught at home and in school. And its about time that the trend is changed.

If you’re free, go out and show some support. If you can’t make it, at least sign the Food Revolution Petition and keep your eye out for the show on ABC.